Lucknow, April 14: A madrasa in Uttar Pradesh has started a postcard campaign asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban cow slaughter all over the country. The campaign, started by Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar madrasa in Sambhal, UP, also urged PM Modi to declare cow the national animal of India.
"We have started a postcard campaign requesting Modiji to ban cow slaughter all over India and declare cow the national animal," Feroz Khan, a member of the madrasa, told ANI.
We have started a postcard campaign requesting Modi ji to ban cow slaughter all over India and declare cow the national animal:Feroz Khan pic.twitter.com/RRsKkLN8jn— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 14, 2017
In fact, the madrasa has been running a cow safety campaign for the last six years. "Uttar Pradesh: Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Madrasa in Sambhal has been running a cow safety campaign for the last six years," tweeted ANI.
Uttar Pradesh: Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Madrasa in Sambhal has been running a cow safety campaign for last 6 years pic.twitter.com/CAg0TWdFui— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 14, 2017
The issue of ban on cow slaughter has been hogging the limelight in recent times, especially in the wake of killing of a dairy farmer, Pehlu Khan, in Alwar, Rajasthan, by a group of gau rakshaks (cow vigilantes).
Cow slaughter laws in India are pretty confusing as different states have different rules and regulations. While in Kerala and in most parts of the Northeast India, cows, bulls and bullocks are allowed to be slaughtered, in several southern and northern parts of India only bulls and bullocks are allowed to be killed. In states like Maharashtra, none of these animals are allowed to be slaughtered.
On Friday, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale said, "I support ban on cow slaughter, but not ban on slaughter of rest of the cattle, as it would adversely affect farmers."
Experts say ban on cattle slaughter, including cow, has an adverse impact on farmers as they can't sell their old livestock once they become useless for them. Moreover, many say ban on beef is against an individual's right to food. For millions of poor, especially Dalits and Muslims, beef is their main source of protein, as the red meat is cheaper than pulses.